Research on compulsive gambling:
Gambling Addiction - Gambling Addiction Statistics
Compulsive gambling is not the addict's problem, but rather his solution for some serious underlying problem. One cannot blame gambling for an addiction because then the addict focuses only on the treatment than personal change. Gambling addiction is associated with other mental health problems like depression, anti-social personality disorder, mood disorders in many cases. Most people with compulsive gambling problems also have drug or alcohol problems. There is ongoing research about the actual causes of compulsive gambling.    Read ><>

What is Pathological Gambling?
Pathological Gambling, also called Compulsive Gambling, is the most common type of impulse control disorder worldwide. With the rapid expansion of legalized gambling avenues, such as casinos, lotteries, and online gambling, gambling behaviors are on the rise. Pathological gambling is one of the most rapidly growing, but largely ignored, mental health problems in the United States. This disorder can be defined as repeated maladaptive gambling that is associated with other problems, such as repeated, unsuccessful efforts to stop gambling, restlessness or irritability when trying to stop gambling, lying to family members and friends to conceal the extent of gambling, and committing crimes to finance gambling.    Read  ><>

Understanding gambling addiction and problem gambling
Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers canít control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones. Gambling is all they can think about and all they want to do, no matter the consequences. Compulsive gamblers keep gambling whether theyíre up or down, broke or flush, happy or depressed. Even when they know the odds are against them, even when they canít afford to lose, people with a gambling addiction canít ďstay off the bet.Ē     Read  ><>

One Last Chance
Over six million Americans meet the criteria for a gambling problem in any given year.They are often preoccupied with gambling, feel the need to bet more money and more frequently, lie about the money and time they spend gambling, and often chase their losses. They often lose control and face serious consequences. "Betting on the Super Bowl is their last ditch effort to get ahead, get even, or just get the bookies off their back," says Keith Whyte, executive director for National Council on Problem Gambling.     Read  ><>

What is Problem Gambling?
Problem Gambling occurs when a personís gambling causes harm to themselves and/or to those around them such as a partner, family, friends, or others in the community. When gambling begins to consume more money and time than a person can afford it can affect many parts of their lives, including physical and emotional health, finances, relationships, work and study.
Problem gambling affects a small percentage of the population, but it can have devastating effects on the individuals concerned, their families and the wider community.    Read  ><>  

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